Q: Car gets hot after 10 minutes

asked by on February 08, 2016

Car overheats, and the gauge goes to Hot after 10 to 15 minutes.

Car is overheating Inspection $79.99 - $99.99 Get a Quote

Hello, this is commonly caused by a failing thermostat. When the thermostat fails it will not allow the coolant to circulate causing the engine to get hot. I typically check the temperature of the radiator hoses to see if the coolant is flowing. It can also be caused by a failing water pump, but that is not as common. If the engine has actually overheated then a block test should be done also to ensure that there are not internal engine issues. If you want to get this checked out, consider using YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose the overheating problem.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

CHECK FUEL CAP alert with vehicle performance issues

Claimed by Jeff Engstrom

What happens to the radio and other electronics if I have to disconnect the battery?

If you have to disconnect the battery in your car, several important systems will lose power. You’ll need to reset the clock, for one thing. You’ll also need to enter the radio code for your audio system when you replace...

1984 Honda Accord stalls when accelerating from a stop

This is a problem with your carburetor. It probably needs rebuilding or adjustment. They make rebuild kits for that. Pray that you can buy one of those 80-dollar rebuild kits, take it apart, rebuild it and put it together and...

Sunroof leak

Leaking sunroofs are never fun to repair. Most of the time the problem on your car is clogged sunroof drains. With the sunroof open use compressed air to blow the drains clear. If they are clear or if this does...

I drove my car with 2 spark plugs unplugged misfired horribly, what kind of damage could I have done?

Hello, This should not have caused any damage and is generally not something to worry about. To the extent you continued to drive it this way, for very long the un-burnt fuel that is pumping through the non-firing cylinders may...

What could cause my car to hesitate from moving after hard braking?

If engine speed increases (i.e., the hesitation you are experiencing doesn't stem from an engine fault), the brakes might be sticking and/or the transmission (clutch, band, low hydraulic pressure, if you have an automatic transmission) is slipping. If you want...

The radio will not power on. 2001 VW Passat

Hi there - first task is to check the fuse which powers the radio. If the fuse is good, check the operation of other devices powered by the same fuse for operation. If the rest work, then the problem is...

No heat - 1998 Ford Ranger

This may be due to a faulty heater blower motor or potentially a bad heater core. As you may know, the heater core is a small radiator like unit that circulates the hot coolant from the engine through the heater...

What does the Tailgate Open warning light mean?

The Tailgate Open warning light is located on the instrument panel, and will illuminate when the trunk is not properly closed. When the trunk is closed completely, the light will go away. Tip Like all warning lights, the Tailgate Open...

Related articles

A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Honda Crosstour
There There could be a number of reasons an SUV isn’t right for you: the price, the size, their mpg, etc. However, there could also be a number of reasons you’d really like to have some extra space. If that’s...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Honda Insight
The The 2012 Honda Insight is a dedicated hybrid five-door hatchback. Designed for those who want an environmentally conscious vehicle that also saves considerably at the pump, this hybrid also features a lower price tag, even for a fully equipped...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Honda CR-Z
In In the tradition of the sporty CRX, the CR-Z boasts some of the similar look, without quite the same amount of pep. That’s because the CR-Z is Honda’s eco-friendly offering and a pretty unique one to boot – (as...